It was 1986. Marc Glanville was just 19.

He was playing some stellar football for the St George Dragons in their reserve grade side.

That form earned him his ARL debut.

Of course, it was memorable as most debuts are, but maybe not for the right reasons.

“I would have liked a better debut,” laughed Glanville.

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It was at the newly opened Parramatta stadium.

The young forward was eager to play. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much of a say on where he played.

“St George lost the first game and I had played reasonably well, and I had trained with the first-grade squad that year and played a number of trial games,” explained Glanville.

“I was fortunate to get a call up and Roy (coach) played me second row that day.

“I would have rather played lock but he played me second row.”

It wasn’t the ideal game according to Glanville.

It was the first ARL game at Parramatta Stadium against Parramatta and that meant they were up for a fight.

They beat the Dragons 36-6 that day.

Glanville also got dragged.

“Mick O’Connor scored the first try off an intercept and I got the shepherds hook at halftime which I was a bit dirty on,” said Glanville.

“I know who scored the first try at Parramatta stadium for Parramatta was Steve Sharpe, because he went through the hole that I left as Peter Stirling came across.

“I was only 19 at the time and got to play a number of first grade games later that year but it would have been nice to have a better debut.”